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The Mo Volans "Phantom Kick" Side Chaining Technique
There's no doubt that side chaining in a popular technique but sometimes traditional techniques can create issues in your mix. One of these is creating ducking effects during drops and breakdowns when
May. 30, 2011
When One Kick Just Isn't Enough - The Science Behind Layering Drums
Layering kicks is a great way to create a unique sound or feeling for your beats and grooves. Taking a thud-like kick and blending in another one with more snap, or adding a grungy techno-oriented...
May. 27, 2011
How To Add Energy and Pace to Sequenced Patterns
When producing sequenced patterns for any style of music, one of the main challenges is introducing perceived pace and energy to your work. Luckily there are a few simple tricks we can use here...
May. 6, 2011
A Guide to Buss Processing in Any DAW
If you are not familiar with buss processing it is simply a technique that involves processing an entire group (or buss) of instruments at once. This could be two guitars, fifteen drum parts or an ent
Mar. 24, 2011
Side Chaining In Cubase - The Basics
Side Chaining is a popular technique used in a variety of musical genres. Commonly used to duck one signal below another, Mo Volans puts the concept to the test in Cubase 6.
Feb. 18, 2011
Writing & Producing the Perfect Love Song
It's almost that most 'loving' time of the year, and as musicians, we are uniquely poised to make the most of Valentine's day! Why? Because nothing woos the heart of a man, woman, or small animal like
G.W. Childs IV
Feb. 13, 2011
First Steps for creating easy workflows in any DAW
Have you just purchased a new DAW software package like Logic Pro, Reason, etc? Have you had a DAW package for a while, and feel like your workflow could be a little quicker? In this quick tip, I'm go
G.W. Childs IV
Feb. 12, 2011
My top 5 Cubase plug-ins
If you are new to Cubase and are just getting the hang of production you may be slightly overwhelmed by the myriad of plug-ins you are presented with. Cubase now bundles an impressive array of process
Feb. 4, 2011
Recording vocals in Cubase
Steinberg's Cubase is an immensely powerful DAW that contains just about every tool you'll need to complete your projects from conception to completion. One of the many areas it really shines in is vo
Jan. 31, 2011
Quick Tip : Super quick, virtual double tracking in Cubase 5
Ask the majority of sound engineers or producers and they'll tell you there is no substitute for real double tracking. Saying that not all of us have the time (or the vocalist!) to create authentic do
Dec. 21, 2010
Creating BT Inspired Glitch Edits - Part 3
Every Digital Musician has their own secret techniques. It could be an instrument setting, editing technique, routing or plug-in that helps define their sound or inspire their creative process. These
Dec. 8, 2010
The Never Ending Quest for the Perfect Mix
Chances are that if you're reading this blog post, or you are surfing around macProVideo.com, you want to improve your audio mixing skills. After all, it is the "Minds Ear" which creates the mental im
Dec. 7, 2010
Being Impulsive with White Noise in Cubase
REVerence, in Cubase, is a convolution reverb unit used to create realistic spacial effects. Chris McCoy shows how to create custom impulse responses by making some white noise.
Oct. 19, 2010
Mixdown: How to export to audio in Cubase
Getting your finished composition or project out of Cubase and into the world involves a number of crucial decisions. Wherever it will be played you'll need to know how best to export it as audio.
May. 22, 2010
7 FREE VST Plugins for Cubase or any VST-Host
Cubase 5 from Steinberg comes bundled with some great instrument and effect plugins. From Loop Mashers to reverb units, filters, compressors... But, I'm a firm believer that you can never have too m
Apr. 2, 2010
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